My Delicious Garden [Oct 2018]steemCreated with Sketch.

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Spring life is in full force in my garden this month! We have had our first rains already and my garden is alive and beautiful!

My Flower Garden

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My day lillies have been putting on quite the show! I have been fascinated since I was a little girl with these gorgeous multicoloured flowers.

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Funny story about these Irises - they have been in my garden since before we moved into this house, never really flowering, just boring blue-grey leaves in a few bunches along the wall. I was looking at them earlier this month telling my husband I want to dig them out, give them away and plant something more useful / edible in its place. Well, they must have overheard me because within a week there were more flowers on them than I have ever seen before! They were doing their best to prove useful or at least too beautiful to remove!


My Potager

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My Potager is doing really well! The rain sent everything into hyper growth and I've really been enjoying the salads and herbs coming out of here! Unfortunately the rain also put the weeds into hyper growth so I've been spending quite a bit of time weeding the grass and unwanted plants out of the beds.

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The fruits (and leaves) of my labour have sure been delicious though! This salad was so simple but so flavourful! Some butter lettuce with tomato, basil, parsley, and chives was so refreshing on these hot spring days!

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I've really been enjoying photographing and appreciating the beauty of such simple plants!
Above left: Cherry Tomato plant dancing in my hanging baskets (to which I will create a more detailed post about an awesome hack I learned!); Center: Chives in full blossom; Right: Green Pepper / Capsicum plant is already sporting some flower buds.


Strawberry Pot

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Overall my strawberry pot has been doing good and really adding a beautiful touch to my patio. Any berries that it has produced has been eaten by me and my minions before I could even think of photographing them so I guess its just become the healthy snack station! This one little plant on the right has just not been thriving and nothing I do seems to help it perk up - I may have to replace it.. The borage that I have planted at the top (said to make the strawberries sweeter) is in full bloom and showing off lovely blue-ish purple flowers.


Visitors

With all the Macro photography I have been doing in my garden I have come across some unwanted guests..

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This is my borage plant I was admiring when I noticed these little green specks were actually not part of the plant but little sap-sucking aphids. Fortunately, they haven't done much damage yet. Most of the advice I have read about them is to spray them off with the hose as they apparently don't climb back up the plant and if they persist, to spray them with some soapy water.

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Upon closer inspection of this shriveling broccoli plant, I came across these buggers! From my research, best I can identify them as are mealybugs? Also sap-suckers and are to be treated the same as the aphids.

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Fortunately there are heroes prowling among the villainous sap-suckers, and right now, are my best defense besides the above advice. I have followed the companion planting methodology as much as I can in my small space but I think maybe a couple more flowers in here and there will attract more heroes to my garden... This gorgeous Mantis was hiding out around the peppers and it sure brightened my day to find him while I was weeding today.

Thanks @simplymike for this awesome community gardening challenge! I look forward to it each month - it has been awesome watching my garden evolve so rapidly the past 3 months!

If anyone else is interested in joining this challenge please check out this post: SteemIt Community Garden Journal Challenge 6 - October 2018

All the images in this post were taken by myself.

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Love this post! Good job! Love seeing the progress. Keep enjoying the fruits of your labours.

Thanks sis 😊

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Wow, such a beautiful garden; love the potager too! Irises and Lillies are some of my favorites too. I'm working on my post for simplymike as well, but I keep getting sidetracked haha

I'm also submitting this to c-squared; I'm sure they'll be by to show their appreciation too :)

Thank you so much! and thanks for submitting to C-Squared - I am honoured!

Good luck for getting your gardenjournal post done.. I got sidetracked like that last week and then missed the submission date :( I still made a post in the end but just for my own garden journalling purpose :P

You're most welcome :)

I did get mine done! But it took me about three days to complete haha

What a beautiful and very organized garden @wildwanderer!! I'm very sure you have those marvellous green fingers. I love the multi coloured flowers so much 💕

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Thanks! Sometimes I feel I have green fingers but some plants somehow never survive- I guess it’s all part of the learning process 🤓

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Thank you 🌈

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Ohhh mama I just love your garden!! They are beautiful ❤❤❤

Thanks so much 🦋

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Beautiful journal!!

Thank you 😊 it’s an awesome way to learn and watch my progress

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Whoa! I love the creative gardening spaces! LOVE the log... fence? around the planted spots and the strawberry pots. How awesome! You're ALMOST making me want to garden. Maybe if I lived somewhere without the scourge of mostquitos.

Fabulous post, thank you for sharing. Your photos are awesome!

So glad you enjoyed it! Glad I can inspire you to almost get gardening 👏🏻 it’s hard work but my kids and I are loving every minute! Oooh don’t remind me, mosquito season hasn’t quite hit here yet but I’m not looking forward to that-they love me too much!

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How well your garden grows... beautiful
And that Mealybug, the second picture... it almost looked like it was posing for the camera haha
Thank you for sharing your garden with us @wildwanderer :)

I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :)

Garden is taking a turn for the better with all the rains, unfortunately the pests become pesky enjoying what we plant as well.

Sounds like you have the right advice for pests, good luck ridding yourself of them in the garden @wildwanderer

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Thank you for your comment - I was hoping to get some more advice from you ;) Glad the info I had was correct :)

@wildwanderer Certainly a fascinating garden and edible as well. I read the other day that more and more people are also starting to eat what we know as weeds. Interesting! Good luck with the challenge and thank you for visiting our charity page!

Thank you! Oh wow! That is interesting! If you have Netflix, you should check out a series called Anthony Bourdain, Parts Unknown Season 2, the Copenhagen Episode. It's basically about a world famous restaurant where they mainly use wild vegetables and plants that they forage for - it blew my mind!

I love your potager!

love your neat blogs, well taken care of the beautiful picturen and a great sight for our eyes.

I'm so glad you enjoy it! I really enjoy photography and design so it's great fun putting these posts together :)

Beautiful garden, and I absolutely love the design of your Potager!

Thanks so much! 🦋

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your garden looks beautiful! Great job!

Thanks so much 👌🏻🦋

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The organic veggies and fruits look yummy! I wish I could taste some of the strawberries when they are ripe enough :) I hope you can find a way to keep the insects away without having to use insecticide.

Greetings from Cape Town :)

Thank you! :)


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Great job!
We had absolutely no success with strawberries and I love eating them.

Oh dear! I hope we have better success - I'm really hoping for LOADS! I looked up on the internet that in order to fully supplement your strawberry supply from your garden, you need 7-10 strawberry plants per person, which technically means I would need 4 of these pots :P

That is a great looking garden you have there, thanks for sharing it on #steemitbloggers.

Thank you! :)

Your garden is truly Divine! <333 :) Happy Spring BeautyFull!

Thanks so much :)

You are very welcome 💖

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Wow, those pictures are amazing. Your post makes me long for the next gardening season (only 6 months to go)

Heehee! Good luck with the cooler months! <3 sending warm hugs ;)

Wow oh Wow your garden space is absolutely beautiful!! The flowers are gorgeous and add such a lovely touch. The veggies look yummy and add a wonderful splash of color! Your macro photography is on point, you do really great with it! Which camera do you use? I want to learn macro with my Cannon, I need to teach myself how to use the tools. Any advice or tips you could share?

One thing I’m not looking forward to when having a garden are all of the tiny eating bugs. I can’t stand bugs like those and they really creep me out. I bet it was really nice seeing that praying mantis :)

Wow! Thank you thank you and thank you ;)
I have a Canon SLR 70D with an entry level Macro lens - it really is great fun to play around with it!
Best advice: Just shoot! You will start out only getting 1/20 or so good shots and the more you practice and play around and get to know your gear, the higher your success rate will become :) Anything specific you want to shoot?
Yeah those pesky bugs freak me out too :P Funny how they freak me out more than the helpful bugs :D heehee

You are so welcome!!!!

Wow so you have an entry level camera too!! I’m so glad you told me 1/20 shots would probably be good because I know I would get so discouraged. I just need to get out there and do it.

I would do nature shots like plants, small animals and even my needlework!!! 😃

Thanks so much for the advice!

😁 you’ll do great! What type of camera doesn’t really matter - it’s more to do with the lens.. but even that entry level 100mm macro has amazing glass! If you need something wider I’d recommend the entry level 60mm macro - I’ve used that one on some weddings and got lovely portraits and detail shots - it’s really the glass you fall in love with 😍

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Wahoo it is amazing garden, really beautiful and delicious!!! A great garden ideas ... the photos are phenomenal

You have such a beautiful garden. It's very well organized and greatly maintained. It's so pretty.

It's a funny story with those Irises. But the flowers and plants do listen to what we say :) This is the way I keep my plants alive - by talking to them. I hope they will bring you a lot of joy.

Have a nice day and I'm looking forward to seeing more updates from your garden :)

This is a great post!! ♥
Lovely photos, lovely information. Really, those pictures are eye candy...
I didnt know borage is supposed to make strawberries sweeter! Ill have to try that!

I’m so glad you enjoyed it :) Yes, apparently borage can make strawberries and tomatoes sweeter..

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You have a garden that anyone would be envious of! Lovely photos! I have wild strawberries that get spread all over the place by the chipmunks who eat the berries before they are even ripe and spread the seeds all over the place. They have become one of my most dreaded weeds.